Week 10 NFL Power Rankings
by Robert Ferringo - 11/08/2007
Sorry boys and girls, no time for a snappy lead this week. I'm headed to Vegas for a New Media Expo and I've got a long walk from Atlanta. But don't think I'll leave you hanging! Here's Doc's Sports Week 10 NFL Power Rankings:
1) New England Patriots (9-0) - I refuse to back up a pack of cheaters like New England, but to win that game, on the road, against the defending champions, after trailing for most of the game, with the officials trying to screw them at every turn, was, well, Wow. Just too god damn bad they were about 10 seconds away from covering.
2) Indianapolis Colts (7-1) - You would expect a letdown after that ultra-emotional clash with the Patriots but the Colts are actually 6-0 straight up and 4-2 ATS in their last six games after facing New England. I also can't stress how impressed I was with their defense. It's the best of the Manning Era.
3) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) - Just remember who was pimping the Steelers for weeks before that Monday Night maiming of Baltimore. Pittsburgh is now 12-2 ATS at home on MNF. They are also 8-0 ATS in their last eight meetings with Cleveland.
4) Tennessee Titans (6-2) - I hate to say it, but I'm starting to get a very Vick vibe from Vince Young. Well, minus the rape stand. Young's legs and improvisation draw oooh's and ahhh's from fans, and he gets credit for the Titans' success, but he's actually a well below-average quarterback on a team that wins with defense and a great running game.
5) Green Bay Packers (7-1) - Why did the Packers leap over the Cowboys? Because the combined record of the opponents that Green Bay has beaten is 27-28 while Dallas' vanquished foes are just a combined 19-37. And winning in Mile High and Arrowhead in a span of six days is remarkable.
6) Dallas Cowboys (7-1) - Could you believe that the Cowboys are getting better? It's true. Terry Glenn could be coming back. Greg Ellis is back. Tank Johnson is being activated. Things are looking good. The Cowboys are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games following the Eagles.
7) New York Giants (6-2) - The Giants are 5-1-1 ATS against the Cowboys recently, including 3-0 in their three at home in the series. However, they are just 1-4-1 ATS following a bye week.
8) Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3) - Oh, sweet irony that the Jaguars cut Byron Leftwich at the end of training camp and may now miss the playoffs because they don't have a decent backup quarterback. Not as ironic as living in a state (Georgia) that borders an ocean (Atlantic) and facing one of the Southeast's worst droughts of the last century. Weird.
9) Washington Redskins (5-3) - It wasn't pretty, but the Redskins gutted out a road win over a team that played its best game of the season. However, there is a very distinct ceiling on how good this offense - and team - can be as long as they refuse to let Jason Campbell throw the ball down the field.
10) San Diego Chargers (4-4) - Here is what I said last week about the Chargers: "Let's not get back to thinking that the Chargers are "back". In my mind, Philip Rivers still has a long way to go before he proves himself as a quarterback worth backing." That's why they pay me the big bucks. (Too bad I didn't pick the Vikings though! D'oh!)
11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) - This is the NFC's X-Factor. This is a fundamentally sound, physical team that plays well at home. However, four of their next six are on the road. How will they hold up? The good news is that only one of their remaining games is against a team that currently has a winning record.
12) Detroit Lions (6-2) - Ten wins. The Detroit Lions are going to win 10 games this year. I'm speechless. But you know what, this team has avoided injuries and is playing with confidence. And just wait until Roy Williams actually starts to play. That offense will be lethal.
13) Seattle Seahawks (4-4) - Fortunately, the Seahawks have one more game in the Eastern Time Zone on grass - at Carolina in Week 15. In case you didn't realize it, they are an automatic play in those situations. Shaun Alexander hasn't topped 50 yards in his last four games and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry.
14) Cleveland Browns (5-3) - Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is clearly the league's Most Outstanding Rookie. But I think Joe Thomas is the most valuable rookie this year. The Browns gave up six sacks against Pittsburgh in Week 1. But since Derek Anderson took over in Week 2, Thomas and the line have surrendered just seven sacks in seven games.
15) Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) - As we suspected, Larry Johnson didn't stand a chance of staying healthy this year. Kansas City is 6-1-1 ATS against the Broncos in Arrowhead and are 8-0 ATS off a double-digit loss against a divisional opponent off a loss.
16) New Orleans Saints (4-4) - It looks like their halftime adjustments are working. The Saints have only surrendered three points in the third quarter over their past five games.
17) Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) - Right now the off-field issues with Andy Reid and his family are having a very tangible impact on his team between the lines. I really think he needs to leave this team for the rest of the year and see if he can pull himself together.
18) Chicago Bears (3-5) - Be wary of this week's seemingly "easy" game against the Raiders. Chicago is 1-6 ATS as favorites off a week of rest. Oh, and if Cedric Benson can't top 125 yards rushing against an Oakland team that just gave up 150 to RON DAYNE then Chicago should go with Adrian Peterson as the starter immediately.
19) Buffalo Bills (4-4) - The Bills have allowed just 16 points in the first quarter of their games this year while the Dolphins have only scored 16 points in the first quarter of their games. Buffalo is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in its last six games against Miami.
20) Baltimore Ravens (4-4) - That team absolutely quit on Monday Night. The question is: are they going to mail it in for the rest of the year? Also, as I said at the start of the season, Steve McNair is no longer capable of being an NFL starter.
21) Carolina Panthers (4-4) - This team stinks. And how can anyone take David Carr seriously with those white gloves on? Here's how you beat Carolina: triple-team Steve Smith. You do that, you win by double digits.
22) Arizona Cardinals (3-5) - This weekend will be Arizona's first home game in nearly a month. The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last four times hosting the Lions. The team is 0-3 since losing Matt Leinart for the year and is averaging just 13 points per game in those contests.
23) Denver Broncos (3-5) - How bad are the Broncos? This team is suspect up front on both the offensive and defensive lines. Also, their garbage time TD against Detroit actually doubled their fourth quarter scoring for the season.
24) Oakland Raiders (2-6) - Just in case you hadn't figured it out by now, always, ALWAYS play against the Raiders as a favorite. That is seven straight losses as a chalk for this sorry excuse for an organization.
25) Minnesota Vikings (3-5) - In case you were curious, Adrian Peterson is on pace for 3,100 all-purpose yards this year. Wow. Now, who wants to bet me he gets hurt before the season ends? Anyone? The Vikings are 3-1-1 ATS in games where AP has topped 100 rushing yards and 0-2-1 ATS in games where he has not.
26) Houston Texans (4-5) - I am really looking forward to playing these guys on the flip side of their bye week. Ahman Green should be recovered. Andre Johnson will be back. And two weeks could be enough to clear up Matt Schaub's head. Of course, the loss of Dunta Robinson could open the floodgates in their secondary.
27) Atlanta Falcons (2-6) - The Falcons are the only team in the NFL with a losing overall record but a winning ATS mark.
28) San Francisco 49ers (2-6) - There are already rumors that Alex Smith is not the answer as the quarterback of the future.
29) Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) - This team has completely and 100 percent mailed it in on this season. Maybe now they'll stop running their mouths about what a contender they are.
30) New York Jets (1-8) - The silver lining of their eighth loss of the season: David Harris. That guy is going to be a stud.
31) Miami Dolphins (0-8) - I think the '72 Dolphins are terrified and I think Don Shula's remarks were a major tell.
32) St. Louis Rams (0-8) - Even on their bye week the Rams suffered a loss. Leonard Little, their only decent defensive player on a pathetic defense (and a murderer), is done for the year because of a toe injury. St. Louis is 3-14 ATS against non-divisional NFC opponents.
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